I’m starting to get to the point of the season where I think about what are the keepers, the drops and the “maybes”. As it happens I like Sousei no Onmyouji quite a lot – enough to keep watching it, certainly – though in terms of blogging I think I’d still have to call it a bubble series.
I think what this show comes down to is whether or not there’s enough substantive (and successful) tweaks on the very tried-and-true shounen formula to make it interesting enough to write about. It’s a well-executed shounen, certainly – a good premise, the look is interesting, and the BGM is very effective. But it’s pretty predictable in a lot of ways. It’s going to come down to whether stuff like skewing the protagonists a little younger is enough to keep the series feeling fresh.
This week the doomed (romantically, at least) childhood friend character makes her first splash of the series. Otomi Mayura (Serizawa Yuu) is pretty much a stock character – the unrequited love for Rokuro, the preternaturally developed breasts – but she seems likeable enough. I’m not sure we really need to see the whole “pubescent girls obsessed with boob size” cliche play out again – if I never do again it’ll be too soon – but it’s not obsessively fixated on for an extended period. As if it weren’t obvious enough Mayura doesn’t have a chance in hell, she has the prophecy the series is built around working against her, but I’m sure she’ll go down fighting.
What I’m hoping is that the relationship between Benio and Rokuro gets past the “Humph!” and head-turn stage relatively quickly. There’s already a hint of mutual respect there, though I guess having a prophesied marriage and baby hanging over you is a lot for 14 year-olds to get past. Maybe the entry of possible rival Ikaruga Shimon (Ishikawa Kaito) will shake things up a bit between the two leads. The dedicated and entitled princess and the reluctant hero is a nice setup, but the ability to keep things from sliding into a predictable rut is going to be the key to everything as far as Sousei no Onmyouji is concerned.